Zuffa had a vested interest in the TV ratings today after their two promotions put on a feast of mixed martial arts over the weekend.
On Sunday night the return of Urijah Faber helped boost the WEC’s ratings on Versus to 640,000 – a huge jump from the 330,000 who had tuned into the WEC 45 card a month earlier. It’s the biggest viewership for the WEC since the Bowles Vs Torres event at WEC 42 in August. It still falls short of the 1.3million who tuned in to see Faber take on Jens Pulver at WEC 41 though.
Recent TV Ratings For The WEC:
- WEC 41: Brown Vs Faber 2: 1,300,000
WEC 42: Torres Vs Bowles: 670,000
WEC 43: Cerrone Vs Henderson: 419,000
WEC 44: Brown Vs Aldo: 411,000
WEC 45: Cerrone Vs Ratcliff: 330,000
WEC 46: Henderson Vs Varner: 640,000
Meanwhile the UFC aired their Ultimate Fight Night 20 card, headlined by Nate Diaz and Gray Maynard, live on Spike TV on Monday night. The event drew an average of 1.7 million viewers, peaking at 2 million for the main event, for a 1.2 household rating.
Compared with the 2.5 million, peaking at 2.9 million, who tuned in for UFC 19 in September (again headlined by Diaz, this time against Melvin Guillard), it presents a significant drop in ratings for the promotion.
The ratings do however fall in line with other previous shows such as UFN 17 (Kampmann Vs Condit) which drew 1.7 million viewers, and UFN 18 (Lauzon Vs Stephens) which gained 1.9 million.
Spike made the decision to air the latest event on a Monday night as opposed to the usual Saturday evening slot, leaving it in direct competition with WWE Raw, which edged them into second place in the viewing for men aged between 18-49.